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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague and remain committed to the work he began.

Perry County


Basic Information

Type of Place
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Unions, Organized Labor?

Sundown Town Status

Sundown Town in the Past?
Don’t Know
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
Still Sundown?
Don’t Know

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1950 17367 20
1960 17232 17

Method of Exclusion

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded


On January 29, 1901, the Chattanooga Daily Times
published an article about the violent expulsions of
blacks from their homes in the article:
“Anti-Negro Crusade; Indiana River Towns Are Taking
Drastic Measures; To Rid Themselves of the
Obnoxious; Scores Indicted for Selling Their Votes %
u2014 In Many Places No Negroes Are Allowed to Live”
“Cities and towns along the Ohio river have
begun a crusade against the Negroes. The entire
trouble dates back to the lynching of the Negroes at
Rockport and Boonville for the murder of the white
barber, Simmons, at Rockport one night late last
month. The board of safety of this city has ordered
the police to arrest all strange Negroes and bring
them before the city police judge. If they can not give
reason for being here they will be sentenced to the
rock pile. The object of this order is to rid the town of
an obnoxious class of Negroes. It is estimated that
there are 2,000 colored men in this city who
absolutely refuse to work. The[y] spend their time in
the colored saloons and low dives of the city and live
the best way they can. On election day they are in the
market and the man who bids the highest is the man
who lands them.”
139 blacks in Rockport were indicted “for selling
their votes on election day.” …
“Other towns in Indiana along the river are taking
steps to drive the worst elements of Negroes away. In
some towns no Negro is permitted to live. Vigilance
committees have been appointed at Grand View,
Enterprise, Tell City, and Leavenworth. Since the
recent trouble at Newburg many of the colored people
have left that town.”